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5 Broadway Musicals That Should Be Performed on Live TV

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |

Which hit Broadway show should get the TV treatment next?

For Broadway and musical theater fans everywhere, there are few things more exciting than the announcement that a major TV network plans to air a live musical. We’ve seen an increase in the the scale of these shows, as well as the type of shows that are being produced, from Grease Live’s innovative use of a sprawling set to the more avant-garde, rock stylings of Jesus Christ Superstar Live and Rent Live. NBC recently announced that it would be airing a live broadcast of another edgy musical, Hair, only to cancel it last month. Since Hair won’t be headed to our screens anytime soon, here are 5 musicals that we would love to see take its place in the lineup of upcoming live TV musicals.

The cast of the 2013 revival of ‘Pippin’ on Broadway (Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage)

The cast of the 2013 revival of ‘Pippin’ on Broadway (Photo: John Lamparski/WireImage)

It’s Fosse! With the airing of FX’s Fosse/Verdon series coming soon, it’s easy to see why this classic is on the list. Pippin is just as political as Hair, but in a more nuanced way. Featuring numbers like “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky” and “Glory,” the show is guaranteed to be a hit with TV audiences. As an added bonus, when it comes to casting, the leading player could be played by virtually any triple threat performer who is up to the challenge.

Kinky Boots
The Jerry Mitchell-directed and choreographed Kinky Boots is a no-brainer candidate for a live TV performance. Known on Broadway for spreading a message of love and inclusivity that hasn’t been seen before, Kinky Boots is revolutionary. Right now, we’re in a time where America needs to be shocked and pushed into love again. The show also sports a constantly growing fan base, Tony-winning music and the fiercest choreography known to man.

Sunday in the Park with George
In Sondheim we trust! In 1991, PBS aired a filmed version of Sondheim’s Into the Woods that changed the ways we view theater. Sondheim’s work has a way of speaking to the artistic soul in all of us, and Sunday in the Park with George is just abstract enough to make sense in the world we live in today. This is all before mentioning that the last revival starred Jake Gylenhaal, and it would be easy for him to reprise the title role.

School of Rock
Just imagine it: School of Rock Live, starring Jack Black. The 2003 film has become a cult classic, and a movie most of us grew up watching. The musical is no different, staying true to the beloved original characters. Jack Black revisiting the role would only be the icing on this heavy metal cake!

Little Shop of Horrors
Much like Hairspray and Grease, Little Shop of Horrors is set to a ‘50s doo-wop sound. The Alan Menken classic first hit our screens in 1988 with its film adaptation, featuring Rick Moranis and Steve Martin. The casting for this show could easily make it the most-watched live musical yet. Throw in some big names like Neil Patrick Harris and James Monroe Iglehart, and this show has the potential to marry Broadway and TV musicals in a way that’s never been done before.

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in April 2019

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